NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A program record eight gold medals were earned at the 2014 Little East Conference/New England Alliance Outdoor Championship meet hosted by UMass Dartmouth. Along with the record gold medals, the women's track and field recorded their best ever finish at the outdoor championship as finished fourth overall with a program best 92 points.
The men's team closed out the championship meet with a sixth place finish and recorded a combined 41 points overall.
Having a career day was sophomore Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) who won a program record five gold medals. The two-time All-American was also named the program's first Little East Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Year as well. Of the five medals, three were earned individual competition, while the other two were earned with first place finishes in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays.
McGuffie set the Little East Conference Championship meet record in the 100 and 200 meter dashes with times of 12.26 and 25.21 seconds respectively. Her first place times were also the fastest amongst the MASCAC sprinters that competed as part of the New England Alliance Championship.
The Lynn native also grabbed a gold medal in the long jump, marking the second of her career, as she recorded a jump of 16-06.50 feet. In the 4x100 meter relay McGuffie teamed Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.), Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.), and Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.) to earn a combined time of 48.63 seconds. In the 4x400 meter it was McGuffie, O'Brien, Ari Leao (New Bedford, Mass.), and Trappier who finished with the program's first 4x4 gold medal with their time of 4:03.24, which also set a New England Alliance Meet record.
Also earning gold in Sunday's championship was O'Brien in the high jump as the senior tied the program record with a leap of 5-05.00 feet. Freshman Taylor Smith (Burlington, Mass.) earned the program's first gold medal in the discus throw with a toss of 126-00 feet, which was also a top throw in the New England Alliance championship as well.
On the men's side, Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) defended his crown in the high jump as the junior recorded a leap of 6-09.00 feet to lead the men's squad. For the last three seasons, the Brockton native has dominated the event as he looks to become the program's first two-time LEC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.
In the women's 100 meter dash Trappier and O'Brien qualified for the finals in the event, with Trappier earning a 3rd/4th place finish (12.46), while O'Brien finished in 5th/6th place (12.70).
After McGuffie's win in the 200 meter dash, Trappier picked-up six points for the Beacons with her third place finish and a time of 25.74 seconds. O'Brien closed out the event in 4th/6th place with her time of 12.70 seconds.
Leao earned a 6th/12th place finish in the 400 meter dash with her time of 1:02.64 to keep the Beacons momentum going. For Smith her day also included an impressive throw in the shot put as she recorded a throw of 33-08.50 feet. Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) earned a 5th place finish in the LEC Championship with her throw of 125-04 feet.
Fritz Gustave (Fall River, Mass.) led the men's team in the 100 meter dash with his time of 11.55 seconds, followed by Nobert Simon (Chelsea, Mass.) who finished the event with a time of 11.92 seconds. In the 1,500 meter run Tad Delaney (Halifax, Mass.) posted a time of 4:27.42 to earn a sixth place finish in the Little East standings. Xavier Romero (Phoenix, Mass.) led UMass Boston in the 400 meter hurdles with his time of 1:00.41.
Joining Joseph in the high jump was Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.), who finished in 4th place overall with a jump of 6-04.00 feet. Simon would then finish in 4th/8th in the long jump with a leap of 19-06.75 feet.
The Beacons return to this Friday and Saturday when they compete at the NCAA Division III Regional Meet hosted by Springfield College.